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  1. Club Pontet Labrie Update February 2019

    With the wonderful 2018 vintage now in barrel, here’s an update for you on the latest news and reviews. Continue reading →

  2. Burgundy 2017: The Vivacity Vintage

    2017 is a vintage of elegant, perfumed wines with fresh, vivacious, pretty fruit. This is a perfect vintage for new collectors and value-hunters (or what passes for value in Burgundy), with wines overperforming at village and lieu dit level. We’ll be adding 2017 to our collections for its quality and approachability whilst we wait for the blockbuster 2015 and 2016 vintages to evolve. Continue reading →

  3. The Investment has paid off - Pontet-Labrie Update 2018

    Pontet Labrie has been a fascinating journey. From our initial discussions with Jonathan around bringing to market exclusively his last single vineyard site on the plateau of Saint Emilion; to forming a club around the wine in order to enhance the traditional allocation model around such a boutique Bordeaux (remember only 300 cases max per annum!); to the wonderful reception of its maiden vintage and the continuing momentum and growth of the club.  Continue reading →

  4. Pontet-Labrie Club Update

    Pontet Labrie has been a fascinating journey. From our initial discussions with Jonathan around bringing to market exclusively his last single vineyard site on the plateau of Saint Emilion; to forming a club around the wine in order to enhance the traditional allocation model around such a boutique Bordeaux (remember only 300 cases max per annum!); to the wonderful reception of its maiden vintage and the continuing momentum and growth of the club. Continue reading →

  5. Tom and Nathan’s take on Bordeaux 2017: part 1

    Take home – it’s time to send us your pre-allocation list, as this year’s releases will be unpredictable. We offer Tom’s selected shortlist of around 40 wines – please let us know if you’d like us to secure cases of anything else that takes your fancy. Continue reading →

  6. Burgundy 2016 - what will go into Tom Harrow's cellar?

    A number of Honest Grapes clients and club members have asked for my recommendations for Burgundy 2017 and I can give no more honest answer than by responding with what I’m considering getting for myself.  Continue reading →

  7. Club Pontet-Labrie Update for members on 2015, 2016 and 2017 Vintages

    With the 2017 harvest nearly upon us, I was keen to see how all three initial vintages of Pontet-Labrie were coming along. So, on a hot and rather sultry 2nd & 3rd August I visited the vineyard and winery in Saint-Emilion. No flimflam here, I wanted to understand the winemaking and see the wines perform. In summary, the 2015 and 2016 Pontet-Labrie are remarkable, top-notch wines, showing Saint-Emilion plushness and power, but with very different vintage characteristics reminiscent of 2009 and 2010 respectively. I’m confident that the winemakers are striving to produce Pontet-Labrie as ‘the Merlot equivalent of Le Dôme’. The 2017 is still in the vineyard of course, but the auspices are favourable and the spring frost has had little effect on our crop. Continue reading →

  8. Mouton 2014 Launch

    Last Friday Baron Jacob Rothschild hosted a private party at Spencer House to unveil Sir David Hockney’s painting created for the label of the 2014 vintage of Mouton Rothschild, the first cases of which have recently been shipped from the chateau.  Addressing guests, Rothschild praised the artist, saying that in a year which will celebrate Hockney’s 80th birthday, as well as imminent exhibitions at Tate Britain and then Paris’ Centre Pompidou, it was an honour for the château that 2017 would commence with their collaboration... Continue reading →

  9. Germany 2015 En Primeur - a stellar vintage but be selective!

    The top German producers are now releasing their Grand Cru (Grosses Gewachs or ‘GG’) wines, and what a treat they are. Continue reading →

  10. Introducing Pontet Labrie

    A new wine, a new opportunity "the debut… ticked all the right boxes" "2015 was the perfect way to introduce Le Pontet - this is splendid." The Wine Advocate Jonathan Maltus, one of Bordeaux’ most pioneering and successful 100-point wine producers, started in St Emilion in 1994 with a small vineyard - Château Teyssier, which he has added to over the years, so that he now has 50 hectares under vines. Continue reading →

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